In light of the pandemic, we have recently reviewed and revised the delivery of our leadership and management development programmes to reflect changes in government guidelines and members’ needs. We are now pleased to announce that we will be restarting our development programmes (effectively from the beginning) from 24th June 2021.
In addition to revising the programme, we are also in a position to certify the programmes, giving members the option of obtaining an externally recognised management qualification provided by the Chartered Management Institute.
Full details of our programmes, including the dates for your diary, can be found HERE
We also invite members to participate in a taster session on Wednesday 12th May, 2pm – 3pm. If you would like to attend and find out more about our development programmes, please contact

Accredited Programme

Masters degree in Strategic Leadership

AFM Members are now able to enrol for a Master degree in Strategic Leadership for mutuals, an award-winning venture between the BSA and the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University. The programme teaches critical management and leadership skills, and gives awareness and knowledge of the key issues and challenges that exist, including:

  • Managing resources
  • Information Management
  • Leading change
  • Decision making
  • Strategy, governance and risk
  • Managing business improvement

For more on programme content, additional information and modes of study, please refer to the Programme Brochure.

Development Programmes

In partnership with Origos, AFM offers two management development programmes:

‘Accelerate’ Leadership Development

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, please note the postponement of a number of the Accelerate 2020 dates:

  • 31 March POSTPONED
  • 23 April POSTPONED
  • 11 June POSTPONED

A modular programme of four, one-day events, this programme is for established managers and allows delegates to:

  • understand the issues of the day
  • explore how effective they are
  • build leadership skills
  • identify causes and diagnose the challenges ahead
  • develop sustained relationships with peers in the UK’s mutual sector

Each one-day event is hosted by a different AFM Member whose CEO will share their own personal career and industry insights. Graduates of the Accelerate programme are offered a free one-night stay at the AFM Annual Conference.

For more information or to enrol, please click here

[Read a review from one of the 2018 delegates].

‘Stepping Up’ Management Development

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, please note the postponement of a number of the Stepping Up 2020 dates:

  • 27 February POSTPONED
  • 26 March POSTPONED
  • 23 April POSTPONED
  • 21 May POSTPONED
  • 18 June POSTPONED
  • 16 July POSTPONED

This course is specifically designed for newly appointed managers, or those about to move into a role that require a step change of responsibility and support. It is run over six, one-day events and targets all the essential elements needed by managers today:

  • identifying motivation and leadership style
  • managing resource
  • delivering performance improvement
  • enabling career growth

In addition to being equipped with ‘tools for the job’, the Stepping Up programme enables the creation of enduring professional networks that are vital in our industry today.

For further information or to enrol, click here

You can view the 2019 programme here: Accelerate and Stepping Up 2019 Brochure


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